On the eve of the Pope's first visit to the U.S., journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Francis is making within the Church as well as the teachings that the pope is unlikely to change.
Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting 1,200 pages because "there was something untrue about them." Her new book is The Art of Memoir.
In Operation Troy, author Scott Shane details the life, death and influence of Anwar al-Awlaki. "His status as a martyr has given his message even greater authority," Shane says of the propagandist.
Eight years ago, jazz drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt put together a quintet called Canada Day. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the group's new album shows the wisdom of sticking together.
Reporter Evan Osnos discusses Donald Trump's appeal to white-rights groups. Baseball writer Lonnie Wheeler talks about the intangibles of winning. Alison Brie talks about her start in show business.
In Leslye Headland's new sex comedy, two serial cheaters meet up years after a one-night stand. Critic David Edelstein says the film mixes emotional weirdness with sexual frankness — in a good way.
Songwriter John Darnielle talks with Fresh Air about his difficult childhood, finding refuge in music and his novel, Wolf in White Van. Originally broadcast Sept. 17, 2014
The "Call Me Maybe" singer proves she's not just a one-hit wonder with her new album. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Jepsen's record is "adventurously diverse in both its sounds and its sentiments."
With a scarcity of jobs during the Depression, more than a million people of Mexican descent were sent to Mexico. Author Francisco Balderrama estimates that 60 percent were American citizens.
Elena Ferrante's edgy "Neapolitan Novels" chronicle a decades-long friendship between two Italian women. Maureen Corrigan says the forth and final novel, The Story of the Lost Child, is spectacular.
Following her breakout TV roles, actress Alison Brie moves to the big screen in Sleeping with Other People, a romantic comedy about serial cheaters who meet up 12 years after having a one-night-stand.
Damon Tweedy discusses race and medicine in his new memoir Black Man in a White Coat. "There's been a long history of African-Americans being mistreated by the health care system," he says.
The opening Late Show with Stephen Colbert was so packed with business, guests and music, it went several minutes overtime. But TV critic David Bianculli says "it didn't feel long. It felt good."
In Intangiball, baseball writer Lonnie Wheeler argues that players who work hard, set good examples and mentor other players can make teams better in ways that are easy to see — but hard to measure.
In her memoir, Negroland, Margo Jefferson describes growing up black and affluent in 1950s Chicago. Jefferson tells Fresh Air it was a world of sophistication — and snobbery.
The star of the FX series Louie talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience and the "massive gift" of taking care of others before himself. Originally broadcast April 28, 2015.
The author of The Corrections and the new novel Purity likens writing to losing himself in a dream. Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans shaped our current understanding of autism.
The Argentinian tango singer died in a plane crash 80 years ago, but he remains his country's most famous pop star. Critic Milo Miles considers a new introductory collection of Gardel recordings.
Craven, who died Sunday, revitalized and the horror genre with his Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movie franchises. Includes excerpts from interviews originally broadcast in 1980, 1987 and 1998.
As writer Jessica Grose prepares to send her child off to school for the first time, she faces a stark reality. Preschool schedules, she says, often require extreme flexibility from working parents.